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236 Kane Street / Brooklyn, NY 11231 / 718 875-1550

Currently Seeking: Preschool Director, Kane Street Kids

Kane Street Synagogue is a thriving, vibrant and inclusive 165-year-old Conservative congregation of approximately 320 families located in the heart of Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, close to Downtown Brooklyn, and the neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill, Red Hook, DUMBO, and Park Slope.

We are seeking a thoughtful, engaging and experienced Director to lead our synagogue’s preschool, Kane Street Kids (KSK). Our Preschool provides early childhood education to children between the ages of two and five years old in a warm and nurturing Jewish environment.

The Director of KSK is a critical leader in the Synagogue. As one of the first points of contact for young families in the community, the Director must be a passionate and innovative Jewish educator and leader. While focusing on the children, and collaborating with teachers and parents, the Director must also create a vision for the Preschool and maintain its stellar reputation.

Further details of the position’s requirements and responsibilities are below.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected].


Qualifications

  • Master’s degree required, preferably in child development.
  • Significant experience in early childhood education (five years minimum).
  • Understanding of Judaism and its traditions, and demonstrated commitment to Jewish education.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Budgeting experience and ability to create and work with spreadsheets strongly preferred.
  • Qualifications and accreditation as required by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Services (NYC DOHMS)

Responsibilities

  • Program and CurriculumEstablish and supervise the overall educational philosophy and curriculum in accordance with the KSK mission, state licensing standards, and Conservative Judaic practices.
    • Update curriculum as necessary to ensure that it promotes the highest standards of developmentally-appropriate academic excellence, and integrates Jewish values.
    • Organize and oversee intersession programs, including extended-day program, extra-curricular activities, staffing, specialists, scheduling, and budget.
  • Jewish EducationWork with rabbinic staff to create and implement developmentally appropriate Judaic programming in the school, including training for teachers, and curriculum for students.
    • Create opportunities for the rabbis to develop relationships with school families.
    • Attend, participate, and greet families at select services, programs, and events.
  • Children & ParentsProvide necessary and appropriate feedback to faculty, staff, and parents about student performance, behavior, and transition to Kindergarten or Pre-K.
    • Identify, evaluate, and refer children and families to special needs resources, and coordinate outside services as needed for a child’s emotional, behavioral, and medical needs.
    • Organize and lead holiday programs as appropriate.
    • Maintain consistent communications with parents of enrolled and prospective students.
  • Staff DevelopmentMaintain and refresh as necessary an orientation program for new employees.
    • Provide mentoring and in-service training through on-site workshops and ongoing professional development encouraging professional growth.
    • Conduct regular staff meetings promoting active participation and the use of quality and innovative pedagogy and curriculum.
  • PersonnelRecruit, hire, orient, supervise, train as necessary, and evaluate faculty and staff.
    • Maintain and update job descriptions for faculty and administrative staff positions.
    • Participate in the review and revision as necessary of staff policies and personnel procedures and the KSK Employee Handbook.
    • Ensure that accurate records for admissions and staff are maintained.
  • Fiscal & CompliancePrepare annual budget and manage budget throughout the year
    • Collaborate with the Finance Committee and the synagogue administration to ensure that financial policies and procedures are followed
    • Communicate with the synagogue administration and Finance Committee regarding any issues that would affect meeting financial goals
    • Cooperate with the Fundraising Committee and the synagogue administration with respect to fundraising activities
    • Maintain compliance with all DOHMH mandated safety, curriculum, and sanitary policies and procedures for students, teachers and physical plant
    • Stay up to date and ensure compliance with Department of Health Covid-19 requirements. to maintain a safe environment for students and staff within the Preschool.
  • EnrollmentOversee the application, touring, admission, and registration processes to achieve full enrollment.
    • Meet with prospective parents, and maintain a marketing program to promote the school amongst members of the Synagogue and the local community.
  • Committees and MeetingsAttend and participate in all KSK Parent Committee and KSK Oversight meetings.
    • Report to the Board of Trustees as-needed (typically 2-3 time per year), and meet with the Treasurer and Finance Committee on a regular basis.
    • Work with the Director of the Hebrew School to promote strategies encouraging the transition from KSK to the Synagogue’s Hebrew School.
    • Meet regularly with other Senior Staff and volunteer leadership to identify opportunities for collaboration.

  • Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience.
  • Initial contract duration: Two years, full time
  • Benefits:
    • Medical/Dental/Vision insurance as part of a comprehensive employee health care package offered to all full time employees
    • Transitchek (tax-free funds to travel on the NYC public transport systems)
    • Sick leave, PTO, family leave per New York State law
    • Dues-free membership of Kane Street Synagogue
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